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Hello SLVMS Families!

My has been quite a week. Wednesday was not fun for anyone.  The staff at SLVMS was the face of crisis, everyone was calm, cool and collected, they looked after your kids, and they made sure everyone was safe.  When you get a chance, be sure to thank the staff member or teacher who helped your child during that chaotic two hours. They deserve it.


While this type of situation is always unnerving, our campus was quickly secured, our local Sheriff's Deputies responded quickly, and then handled the situation professionally and with great heart toward our schools and our children.  Here are a few things that we would like to pass along:

  • In a crisis situation, the information immediately available online is often wildly inaccurate.  Once everything was over, we looked online and saw several instances of blatantly incorrect information presented as facts - on Facebook, Twitter, emails, and the websites of local news outlets.  If it isn't coming directly from the Schools or the Sheriff's Office, you should read it knowing it might not be factual.

  • While the schools and school district want to get information out as soon as possible, it may not be right away because we are in an emergency situation where our only concern until it is over is to make sure your children are safe.  At the school sites, we will not be answering phones or emails from the outside. We are on radios and school emails making sure all kids are safe and accounted for. If I have a minute to put out a quick email from my phone to parents to update them on anything confirmed as fact by law enforcement, I will.  If I don't have that minute, or I have nothing confirmed as fact, I won't. I tried really hard to keep everyone informed, and recognize that in those situations it is not enough. But please be patient.

  • Law Enforcement specifically asks that people do not drive to the site of a lockdown.  First, it could be dangerous. Second, an influx of vehicles coming to scene could delay or hinder emergency vehicles, and third, once an area is secured, anybody driving or walking onto campus could be seen as a threat by law enforcement.

  • Finally, if you have any information about who might have made a bomb threat to the school please call the Sheriff’s Office.  This person deserves some consequences.

SHOES SHOES SHOES!  We are halfway there.  Bring in those shoes!

Have a great weekend!

Shannon Calden

Dates to remember:

May 1-9th:  Math CAASPP testing

May 5th:  Relay for Life Rummage Sale

May 17th:  SLVMS Open House--5:30-7:30 PM-- classrooms open at 6:15 PM

May 23rd:  MS Drama Class Musical showcase

May 28th:  Memorial Day-- no school

May 30th:  Talent Show tryouts--details TBA

May 30th:  District-wide Band Fest

June 8th:  Talent Show-- details TBA

June 8th:  8th grade dance-- 5-7 PM

June 11th:  8th grade Party-- 9:30-2:25 PM-- Bear Creek Country Club

June 13th:  8th grade Advancement-- 11 AM-- SLVHS Football Field

June 13th:  School dismissed for all at 12:15 PM

June 14th:  Last day of school-- school dismissed at 12:15 PM

August 20th:  First day of school for 2018-19

Schedule for May 7th- May 11th:


May 7


8th grade softball @ SLVMS


May 8


6/7 grade softball @ SLVMS

Boy’s Volleyball @ SLVMS

Golf @ Delavega


May 9


Golf @ Boulder Creek


May 10


Boy’s Volleyball @ SLVMS


May 11


Honors English Applications due to the office 3:30 PM

Track Meet @ SLVMS

Visit the SLVMS website at

Or the District Facebook Page

Visit the Community Links webpage for information on non-school sponsored activities that may be of interest to your family at

This is a reminder that San Lorenzo Valley Unified School District policy, as set by the Board of Trustees, declares that we are a fragrant-neutral district.  As we begin to have our drama performances and other site-based activities and meetings, please take care to follow the policies below for the sake of the students and members of our community who are highly allergic to fragrances and scents.

The SLVUSD Board of Trustees adopted a California School Board Association policy to make all district classrooms and offices fragrant neutral. SLVHS has parents, students, and community members with respiratory issues who can have negative reactions to fragrances. Please take care to follow the policy while on campus.  

Staff and students shall refrain from bringing furred or feathered animals, stuffed toys that may collect dust mites, scented candles, incense or air fresheners and from using perfume or cologne, scented hair spray, nail polish or nail polish remover that are not fragrance-free in classrooms or other enclosed areas or buildings.

Daily Announcements

You can read the daily announcements that are read and emailed to the kids at this link if you are interested:

Daily Checklist

Before you walk out the door to go to school, ask yourself the following questions:

  • Did I eat breakfast?

  • Did I bathe, brush my teeth, and put on deodorant?

  • Do I have my backpack?

  • Do I have my homework in my backpack?

  • Do I have my charged chromebook/device in my backpack (you need it everyday!)

  • Do I have my lunch or money to buy lunch?

  • Do I have my PE clothes?

  • Do I have what I need for after school activities?

  • Did I give my grown up a hug and say thanks for taking care of me?

If you answer yes to everything, then you are ready for school.  If not, take care of it quickly! You don’t want to be late! Have a great day!

Togo’s Student of the Week

May 5

County Math Contest Winners!

Congratulations to Steve Bukowinski, Leila Dagan, Ruby Harding, and Natasha Mauerman!  This team of 8th graders placed first in the Santa Cruz County Math competition.  Way to go!

Open House:  May 17th-- 5:15-7:15

YAY!  OPEN HOUSE!  That means the year is almost over...where does the time go!

5:15   Taco Truck is set up and ready to feed the hungry masses.  There will also be drinks and snacks available for purchase from the Panther Club.

5:30   The MS bands and choir will perform in the quad.  

6:00-7:15   Classrooms are open...visit your child’s classes and see what they have been doing this year.

--Art classes will be in the conference room.

5:15-7:15   Book Fair open in the library

Come and say hello and enjoy a pleasant evening celebrating the almost end of a very good year!

The Book Fair is Coming!


Monday, May 14 through Friday, May 18

The SLVMS Library will sponsor its annual Scholastic Book Fair in the library from

           8:00 am to 3:00 pm the week of May 12 through May 16.

        We will also be open during the SLVMS Open House on Thursday, May 15.

            Our Scholastic Book Fair is a reading event that provides the books kids want to read. It's a wonderful selection of engaging and affordable books for every reading level as well as bestsellers for adults. Please come by and check it out. We looking forward to seeing you.

For more information, including how to order online, go to

Attention 6th grade parents and students

Students who are interested in Accelerated Math 7 next year need to click on the link below to being the process.


Students submit an application of interest, are given a placement test, and then teachers evaluate their performance on the test, grades, benchmark testing, and standardized testing in 6th grade.  


Students that are interested need to lick here to start the application process.  Applications are due by May 11th.

Got a Talent?  Here’s your chance to show it!


Wed., MAY 30

2:25 in ROOM 24


Performances:  Friday, June 8 – There will be 3 performances during the school day.

Rehearsals: After school on Tue.,  June 5 and Thur., June 7 until 4:30. Rehearsals are MANDATORY. You must be at both rehearsals.

Students must have no F’s in any class (the grade for the class; not for assignments) to be eligible to audition.

Got an 8th grader who wants to play sports next year?  Read here….

In order to tryout/participate in high school sports an athlete must have a current pre-participation physical and the completed Athletic Paperwork Packet on file.

SLVHS will be offering the opportunity to get all of that done for the 2018/2019 school year on Thursday, May 17th beginning at 3:30 at the SLVHS gyms. There is a suggested donation of $20 for the service.

All 8th graders will receive an Athletic Paperwork Packet the week before the event in PE class. Bring the completed packet and the suggested $20 donation to the SLVHS gym at 3:30 to complete the process. The amount of time it will take depends on the number of doctors we get but we intend for 8th graders to be done in time for Open House at 5:30 back up at the Middle School. Please contact Mr. Coulson if you have questions (

6th and 7th graders interested in Honors Language Arts?

It is time for all interested 6th and 7th graders to apply for Honors Language Arts for next year.  The process requires students to complete an application, get a recommendation from their Language Arts teacher, and complete a writing prompt on a designated day.


The 8th grade application can be found here:  8th grade Honors Application

The 7th grade application can be found here:  7th grade Honors Application


Applications should be turned in to the office no later than 3:30 PM on May 11th.  Late application will not be considered.

Questions?  Ask your Language Arts teacher….

Attention 8th grade parents!

The Cougar Parent Club is the “educational booster club at SLV High School. We aim to enhance the educational experience for all students at SLVHS by sponsoring educational programs that fall outside the traditional academic topics. This year the Cougar Club sponsored programs on financial responsibility, sexual awareness, mental health, screen usage, and other topics. We also sponsor college and career programs, pay for teacher supplies, and support community-building activities.

We are pleased to have volunteers for most of the Cougar Parent Club positions (e.g. president, vice president, secretary, and treasurer) for next year, all of whom have children who are currently sophomores.  We are looking for a parent representative with a child who will be a freshman at SLVHS next year. The role of a representative is to attend the once monthly meeting and act as a voice for the class, as well as to help occasionally with recruiting volunteers from your child’s class to assist with one-time events. The time commitment is modest – 2-3 hr/month. If you are willing to serve as a class representative please email Cougar Club president Karen Holl ( We need many hands to be able to offer various academic, career, and enrichment programs to all grades of students at SLV High School.

Upcoming Musical Events

Free Dental Exams and cleanings at school...May 24th

Dientes will be providing free dental exams and cleanings at San Lorenzo Valley Elementary on May 24th. At this time they have some openings to include middle school students who either have no dental coverage or students with Medi-Cal benefits. If you are interested in having your child participate please complete the attached form and return to the middle school office. Contact our district nurse, Sarah Dahlen at 831-335-4452 Ext. 236 with any questions. Openings will be filled on a first come first serve basis until slots are filled.

6th grade parents!  Your student needs TDAP to start 7th grade

All 7th grade students MUST have updated immunizations, including Tdap, to start school.  Students who do not have those immunizations will not be allowed to attend school. Do yourself a favor...get an appointment with the doctor now.  You do not want to have to put up with us bugging you over and over!

Currently only 16 6th grade have there immunization covered.  Make that appointment soon!

8th graders--get a jump on your HS credits by taking PE this summer!

Got PE?

Attention 8th Grade Students

You can enroll in summer school PE (this summer and next) to free up your schedule in high school. Each summer, you can gain 5 PE credits (up to 10 max). This will allow you to take an extra elective or an extra class during your high school career.

Interested? Please talk to Mrs. Calden or Ms. Zilge for a registration form.

Summer school is free of charge for all SLVUSD students.

Dates: 6/19 through 7/18 with July 4th and 5th off. Times are 8-12. No school on Fridays.

Did you forget to order a yearbook?

It’s not too on this link…

Currently Playing at SLVHS: West Side Story

Shows run April 26 - May 6 at the SLVHS Performing Arts Center

Get your tickets NOW at:

Relay for Life Rummage Sale!

Mr. O'Brien is collecting items for a Relay for Life Rummage Sale that will take place on May 5th at the Felton Presbyterian Church. Items can be delivered to Mr. O'Brien or can be picked up. All proceeds of the rummage sale will benefit the student volunteers fundraising efforts. To help out or get involved contact Mr. O'Brien at


Information from the Panther Club

Your help is needed...our Panther Club officers are moving on to high school.  Panther Club raises money and organizes events to support our school. We need a President, Vice President, Secretary, and Panther Pantry manager.  Without the board positions, we cannot maintain our non-profit status, and some much needed money for the school will be lost. Panther Club gives money for athletics, classroom supplies, teacher appreciation functions, and any other need that may arise.  Our next meeting is March 15th at 6:30 in the staff room. Please come and help us out. Feel free to email me with questions.


BRING US YOUR SHOES!  That’s right...your shoes!  Bring your gently used shoes to the SLVMS office.  The shoes will be then turned over to a company who will give us cash per pound and shoes, and then distribute those shoes to third world nations.  Easy...clean closet, help others, make money for school. It’s a win win! THE PROCEEDS WILL BE USED TO BUY A NEW FILTERED BOTTLE FILLING STATION FOR THE SCHOOL.


Follow the Panther Club’s Facebook page to stay up to date on all things SLVMS!


Board Meeting Summaries

The SLVUSD Board of Trustees meets on Wednesday nights, usually twice a month.  We will be providing a “Board Briefing” after every meeting so families can be better apprised of what is happening in the district.  Click the link below to read the most recent.

Board Briefing 4.18.18


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SLV Foundation for Education is Raising Money for our Schools

San Lorenzo Valley Foundation for Education is a 501(c) (3) non-profit organization. We provide an easy way to support a broad or specific tax deductible donation to the SLV schools and clubs, including Charter and Homeschool groups. One can donate directly to any of the groups listed below, without needing to buy or sell products. For more information or to donate, please visit


*High School Cougar Club  *Drama Boosters *Music Boosters *Art Boosters

*High School Stadium Lights  *Patron of the Arts *Middle School Panther Club  *BCE parent club *SLVE Bobcat Club *SLV Charter School Booster Club    *The Nature Academy


MASH Schedule

If your child is having a hard time, consider sending to MASH for extra help.  You can find the teachers and subjects that are available by clicking here.  Students are welcome to drop in, or we are happy to assign them to come after school if they need that extra motivation.  Contact Mary or Shannon for more information.

Be sure to bring a device to school every day!

Please remember that students need to have a chromebook or other laptop device every day.  If you cannot buy one, students can go the library and check one out on a daily basis, or for the school year.   Students who do not have a device when it is needed in class will get a consequence for not having their school supplies.  Please help them to remember to put it in their backpack in the morning.


When kids don’t come to school, they miss instruction, they get behind, and their grades drop.  Please make sure your students in school, on time everyday. That vacation to Disneyland can wait until one of our many breaks.  Thanks for your support.